In a previous blog titled AM I CHIFFCHAFF I spent hours trying to identify a similar little  brown and cute   bird .

The result was I was way off the mark. Fortunately a fellow blogger BADRI identified it as the BROWN ROCK CHAT .

Excited by the idea I am posting photographs of similar little birds seen and photographed in the area around Kichan, Rajasthan, India  during a Desert Safari.

Would the experts and Badri in particular like to Name these LITTLE ONES ?

This cutie  loved showed off its sexy back. Spotted on the wall of the Khurja Resort, Kichan.

my sexy back
This little one is the same  bird as in the Featured Image

Another little and brown bird  at ground level.

My blogger friends , Badri and Starrywazzoh seem to voting for this as the Graceful Prinia ( English) ,  Prinia gracilis ( Scientific Name) . 

It is so confusing, even the colour changes in different profiles, let alone breeding and juvenile plumage and difference between the sexes.

More views/comments are awaited.

let me hide behind the stone
Should I hide behind this BOULDER?

A side view reveals a striated back and long tail.

better view
Is my side profile better?

Spotted on a tree in the midst of a desert about 50 kms from Kichan.

Now identified during Christmas as the Southern Grey Shrike ( English)  , Lanius meridionalis ( Scientific Name) . It is a migrant bird from Southern Europe  and a now  a very rare sight.( lucky us) .

Starrywazzoh a birder from UK  , specializing in birds of Central Asia and  Western Europe correctly identified this bird. ( he has fantastic pictures and a lovely blog too)

Spotted in the desert

Let me zoom in to help my friends and experts  identify it better.

grey black and white
Sorry not the best of pictures

This one looks very similar to the one wanting to hide behind the “BOULDER”. However was spotted on the fence of an agricultural field near the Sand Dunes.

beeeater and unknown
The Green Bee Eater and another Mysterious Little One

Do observe the rust coloured plummage on the neck and sides.Sorry could not get the tail in totality.

Photographing small birds is not easy as they keep hopping around.

on a redsandstone perch
A closer view

I now await my friends to identify these sweet LITTLE ONES.

Thereafter will keep updating the post as and when they are identified, so you will need to check in repeatedly.


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mukul chand

51 year old entrepreneur who has traveled extensively around the world for work and pleasure , is based in New Delhi, India. A passionate traveler born with a love for flora and fauna, is an active naturalist and amateur photographer. Here he shares his unique insight into Incredible India revealing its mysterious and exotic treasures. Writing from his heart he shares his experiences as he crisscrosses this vast and amazing land.

15 thoughts on “THE LITTLE ONES”

    1. thank you. Southern Grey Shrike is a great identification.It is a migrant to India from Southern Europe. About the Graceful Prinia am not certain. It is a resident bird but beak looks different, though streaked back andcolouration is similar


      1. I am clueless. However all the pictures and books I have show the Graceful Prinia to be a dull brown bird. Whereas this one is more Rufous or rust.It is also supposed to frequent areas near water. Interesting you see it in UAE.I have updated the blog on the Shrike and mentioned your marvelous birding talents.

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